India ride Thakur brilliance to win T20 series against Sri Lanka

first_imgMUMBAI, (Reuters) – Shardul Thakur produced an all-round display and Navdeep Saini impressed with his pace again as India thumped Sri Lanka by 78 runs in the third and final Twenty20 International to complete a 2-0 series victory in Pune yesterday. KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan both hit fifties to lay the foundation for India’s imposing total of 201-6 after being put into bat at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.Sri Lanka’s top order wilted early in their reply and Dhananjaya de Silva’s counter-attacking 57 was not enough as they were bundled out for 123 in 15.5 overs.Saini, who took 2-18 in the second match, led the rout claiming 3-28, while Thakur grabbed two wickets to go with his 22 not out off just eight deliveries. Earlier, Dasun Shanaka dropped Dhawan in the second over and his team paid for the costly mistake as the left-hander went on to forge a 97-run partnership with Rahul.Left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan (3-35) separated them when he dismissed Dhawan for 52 and wickets suddenly started tumbling.Sandakan dismissed Rahul (54) and the in-form Shreyas Iyer in the same over, while Virat Kohli and Washington Sundar departed in successive deliveries. Manish Pandey (31 not out) and Thakur made sure the collapse did not really matter as they took India past the 200-mark.Sri Lanka needed a strong start to stay in the chase but the Indian quicks blew away their top order, reducing them to 26-4 in the sixth over.The 68-run stand between de Silva and Angelo Mathews (31) was the lone significant partnership in the Sri Lankan innings. The series opener in Guwahati was abandoned because of rain and India romped home by seven wickets in the second match in Indore.last_img read more

Dortmund sign Birmingham’s highly-rated teenager Bellingham

first_img(Reuters) – Birmingham City midfielder Jude Bellingham has joined Germany’s Borussia Dortmund on a “long-term” contract, the Bundesliga club said yesterday. British media had reported earlier this month that the 17-year-old, who was a target for Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, had signed a five-year contract with the Bundesliga side for around 26 million pounds ($32.73 million).Bellingham will leave the Championship (second tier) club to link up with England international Jadon Sancho, who left Manchester City to sign for Dortmund at 17.Dortmund did not specify how long England under-17 player Bellingham’s contract was for. “I can’t thank Birmingham City enough for what the club did for me – not just this season, but since I came to the club when I was seven,” Bellingham told Dortmund’s official website“Now I’m really excited to join one of the biggest clubs in Europe. BVB’s path, but especially how they help young players to improve, made the decision very easy for me personally and for my whole family.“I can’t wait to play in one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world, hopefully in front of over 80,000 spectators as soon as possible.” Bellingham has played 40 games in the Championship this season, scoring four goals and making three assists.last_img read more

Anderson hoping to partner Broad in search of series win

first_imgMANCHESTER,  (Reuters) – England’s most successful bowler James Anderson feels he and Stuart Broad should be paired together to lead the bid for a series win in the decisive test against the West Indies. The hosts are spoilt for choice ahead of tomorrow’s start of the third test at Old Trafford with Anderson, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood all looking to return to the team.However, Broad, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes all made positive contributions to England’s 113-run victory in the second test, which ended on Monday.A schedule of six matches in seven weeks against the West Indies and then Pakistan means England have had to rotate their bowlers and Anderson does not underestimate the difficult choices facing coach Chris Silverwood and captain Joe Root. “I presume the best three players will play but it’s going to be a difficult decision for Joe and Chris and there will be some disappointed guys,” Anderson told a news conference yesterday.There have been suggestions that Anderson, who turns 38 next week and has a record 587 wickets for England, and 34-year-old Broad will likely not bowl again together but Anderson said he hoped this was not the case.“Our record together speaks for itself and I’d really like to think that if we are both fit and England are picking their best bowling attack then we’d both be in that,” he said. “It’s a good position to be in because it shows we have strength in depth,” Anderson added.England’s camp is still dealing with aches and pains after the exertions of the second test, also in Manchester, where they levelled the series after losing the first in Southampton.“There is a bit of stiffness with the bowlers but that’s inevitable,” Anderson said. “It’s about being smart with the practice now and going into Friday really fresh.“We have a great opportunity to win the series and we want to kick on from last test’s win. If we keep looking to improve I’m sure we’ll put in another good performance this week.”last_img read more

Man City could be tested by counter-attacking Real, says Rooney

first_img(Reuters) – Manchester City struggle to prevent the best teams from scoring against them and their central defenders could be targeted in Friday’s Champions League clash against Spanish champions Real Madrid, former England skipper Wayne Rooney said. Pep Guardiola’s City lead Real after they won the away leg of their last-16 tie 2-1 in March, before Europe’s elite club competition was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Rooney, who won the competition with Manchester United in 2008, said City have their best opportunity yet to lift the trophy for the first time.“City may never have a better chance to win the Champions League,” Rooney wrote in his column for the Sunday Times. “Sergio Ramos is suspended which is a huge loss to the Real defence and I think City will score. Whether they are solid enough at the back themselves is my only question.“Real will target their centre halves and it’s a worry that this season every other (Premier League) ‘Big Six’ club beat City… This shows Guardiola’s team can struggle to keep the best sides out.”Rooney said he expected Real to allow City to dominate possession and then aim to hit them on the counter. “I saw Zinedine Zidane do it in his first spell as Real coach when he played against Guardiola-style teams in big games, and it brought him successes,” Rooney added.“Yet my money is still on City. They don’t have to chase the game. They don’t have to score. They can even afford to lose 1-0 and go through, and in the first leg they surprised Madrid by sitting in themselves.“It was the first time I’ve seen Guardiola play like that and I’ve a feeling he’ll do the same at the Etihad. It could be a game of cat-and-mouse.”last_img read more

Gaming Realms positive of 2015 targets following Q3 revenue surge

first_img Submit Bolstered BetterBetting board to support newly appointed CTO July 10, 2018 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Gaming Realms sells 70% in UK B2C assets to Norwegian investment firm June 27, 2018 Patrick SouthonGovernance of London AIM listed Mobile Gaming specialist Gaming Realms Plc, announced that the firm was confident of hitting its 2015 growth targets, having recorded a 48% revenue increase to £6.2 million for Q3 2015 (Q3 2014: £4.2 million).Gaming Realms management noted that it had seen increased player take up of its mobile games portfolio, detailing that in-house developed slot Slingo Riches on its portal accounted for 16% of gross gaming revenues during the period.A strong revenue performance, would transfer to Q3 2015 net gaming revenues of £2.8 million (Q3 2015 – £2.4 million).Gaming Realms governance stated that it expects continued growth through its white-labels solutions, supported by the operator’s newly integrated proprietary platform.Patrick Southon, CEO of Gaming Realms , commented on corporate performance:“The launch of a Slingo based real money site is the first step in the integration and development of the assets acquired in August from Real Networks. This new gambling site will build on the success of the Slingo Riches game which has been operating on our platform since April 2015.“We believe that this new product, targeted at our key mobile based demographic, will enable us to continue our revenue and player growth into 2016 and beyond. It will also expand our differentiated product offering in the UK gambling market.” Gaming Realms agrees on takeover of Bear Group February 22, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

Gala Bingo joins Senet Group watchdog

first_img Share StumbleUpon Liberal Democrats challenge Senet Group’s ‘When The Fun Stops, Stop’ campaign October 9, 2019 Share GVC finalises Ladbrokes Coral migration May 18, 2020 UK independent gambling watchdog the Senet Group has confirmed Gala Bingo as its latest industry member.Gala Bingo becomes the first bingo operator to join the Senet Group, which aims to promote greater industry standards relating to advertising/marketing, operational practices and the forming of further socially responsible measures.The bingo operator joins the Senet Group main body, which includes bookmaker’s Paddy Power Betfair, Ladbrokes, Sky Betting & Gaming, Coral, Scotbet and William Hill.Gala Bingo Managing Director Simon Wykes commented on joining the Senet Group“Bingo is recognised as being a community-based activity at the softest edge of gaming.“As such, we place great importance on responsible gambling and can see the merits in working together as an industry rather than just as a sector within it. We look forward to working with the Senet Group in the interest of the industry and our customers.”Wanda Sykes Senet Group Chair welcomed Gala Bingo as new partner“Today marks an important milestone as more sectors from across the gambling industry recognise the importance of promoting responsible gambling standards,”“We are delighted to welcome the first bingo brand to the Senet Group, and look forward to working with Gala Bingo as more businesses from across the industry make the commitment to submit to the independent oversight we provide.”Gala Bingo is the UK’s largest retail bingo operator, having been sold by former owner Gala Coral Group to Caledonia Investments Plc in December 2015 for £240 million. Related Articles Submit Gamesys maintains UK growth as Euro regulatory headwinds stall performance August 11, 2020last_img read more

Yggdrasil player celebrates €2.9m jackpot win

first_img Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share A slots player in Norway has won €2.9m (£2.4m) on Yggdrasil Gaming’s Joker Millions progressive jackpot slot.Frederik Elmqvist, Yggdrasil GamingChris, a 21-year-old from Oslo, was playing the slot on LeoVegas on Monday afternoon as he waited outside a shop for his girlfriend and won the lump sum from a bet of just €1.25 placed on his mobile.He said he plans to invest in two apartments with the money, and also take his girlfriend to the Maldives to celebrate.It marks the third occasion Joker Millions has paid out since it launched in March 2015, having previously fallen for €720,000 last September and €460,000 last December.Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO at Yggdrasil Gaming, said: “It is a huge thrill to see someone win such a staggering sum of money from a single spin on an Yggdrasil slot.“Joker Millions is our first progressive slot and it is beloved by both operators and players. With more operators continuing to join the Yggdrasil network, the jackpot will be building up again quickly.”Karolina Pelc, Head of Casino at LeoVegas, added: “We are delighted that this jackpot was won by one of our customers who was playing LeoVegas on his mobile phone as a means to keep himself entertained. This truly shows what LeoVegas stands for – number one in mobile entertainment.“Yggdrasil games are always popular with our players as they look forward to enjoying more great content while chasing the next big jackpot.” Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020last_img read more

#JennStrong UPDATE: My wife needs a bone marrow transplant

first_imgIt’s been 36 days since my wife, Jennifer Aparicio, was diagnosed with leukemia and as we go deeper into solving the mystery of this blood cancer and navigating how she will survive this diagnosis, we’d like to update the thousands of people who have reached our way regarding her condition and our situation. We sincerely appreciate the #JennStrong love.On the night she was diagnosed – March 20 – we had to make a family decision regarding how public or private we were going to be with her cancer. Once we told our inner circle of friends and family, we realized that there was going to be no way to “hide” from this leukemia or my public status or her extended family, friends and loved ones. In the world of social media, we’re all very active and we think that’s healthy.We quickly decided that we’d rather be transparent and go after this cancer the way we’ve done everything in our lives: “all in.” We couldn’t hide. We couldn’t stop rumors or misinformation if we decided to unplug or hide from the world – as many people did for many years before the explosion of the internet and social media. We didn’t want people worrying and wondering: “How’s Jenn?” So, we decided to simply be ourselves and share our information with the world.Honestly, we were blown away by the rapid response, reach and love that so many people showered us with in the first few days after her diagnosis. Now, more than a month later, she hasn’t left her hospital room for more than a few minutes at a time to wander the halls of Johns Hopkins. She hasn’t seen a sunrise or sunset in 37 days. She hasn’t seen Kitty (except on Skype) for 38 days. She’s attached, via a tube in her chest, to a stand that she takes everywhere. She has no immune system and is susceptible to virus, illness and fever at any time so having lots of visitors isn’t smart, safe or feasible.Cancer sucks. It really, really does.We have posted a myriad of funny pictures, some tender moments, some Red Sox love from Boston, some gifts and upbeat videos, but please don’t let us fool you – this is the worst thing I’ve ever witnessed. It’s gruesome. Lots of blood, kidney issues, breathing difficulties, waiting, needles, procedures, tests, fevers, chills, rashes, itching, exhaustion, nausea, diarrhea, lesions and sores in her mouth and general aching all over – it’s the worst thing you can possibly imagine.And, again, I’m not going through it. I’m just observing and agonizing almost helplessly while I do everything in my power to will my best friend to victory over this disease in the coming months.She’s really tough. Just as I wrote last month, we believe in the cure. We believe in a happy ending. And we’ve befriended and met people who are survivors and they’re all coaching Jenn along in this journey. Over the next few weeks you’ll meet them on my radio show, “The Happy Hours” on & AM 1570 and you’ll hear their stories of survival.Erik Sauer, who is the founder of There Goes My Hero, beat this thing in 2008. Michele Bresnick Walsh, made famous by her incredible trip to Fenway Park where Big Papi and the Red Sox Nation gave her #JennStrong love and a #BostonStrong jersey before the Orioles game last Saturday on marathon weekend, is also a survivor (and major O’s fan) is helping coach Jenn through this fire.They are living, breathing “heroes” in my heart and mind. They’re trying to help save my wife’s life. It doesn’t get any more powerful or profound than that. And only because someone else saved their life.Jenn and I learned of her true diagnosis a few weeks ago and have come to grips with the fact that only a bone marrow transplant can save her life.This is a rocky road, navigating a rare form of leukemia calledlast_img read more

Flacco offseason noise meaningless in big picture

first_imgIn case you haven’t heard by now, quarterback Joe Flacco didn’t organize offseason workouts with teammates and has apparently doomed the Ravens’ 2014 season almost two months before training camp begins.At least that’s what some might have you believe as critics have used this revelation to question the seventh-year quarterback’s commitment to the organization after the worst season of his career in 2013. Or, maybe it’s just the latest example of the overkill of NFL coverage when there simply aren’t enough topics of substance to discuss in the offseason.I’ll take some level of responsibility for the overreaction to Flacco not organizing informal workouts with teammates after I initially asked Dennis Pitta in early March if he’d talked to his best friend on the team about the tight end’s new contract and whether they planned to get together with other teammates to throw in the offseason. It was a question stemming from sheer curiosity and an effort to spice up what was otherwise a relatively mundane press conference following the announcement of Pitta’s five-year, $32 million contract five days earlier.The reaction snowballed from there as many used Pitta’s initial response as a springboard to criticize Flacco for not eating, breathing, and sleeping football for all hours of the day and all days of the year.Truthfully, the outcome of Flacco and his teammates refraining from getting together does nothing to significantly move the meter on where the Ravens’ fate will fall during the 2014 season. Yes, an argument could be made that it could provide a stronger rapport away from the Owings Mills facility, but the lack of any working knowledge of new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system as well as an inability to contact coaches would have resulted in little tangible productivity.Flacco must play better than he did in 2013 as the quarterback acknowledged again last week that he did a poor job of protecting the football in throwing a career-high 22 interceptions for the league’s 29th-ranked offense. Should that improvement come, it will be about putting in extensive preparation with Kubiak and taking advantage of better offensive personnel.If he plays well in 2014, no one will remember that Flacco didn’t toss around the football with teammates at an undisclosed location in late March or early April. And if the quarterback plays poorly, heavy criticism will be there no matter what he did or didn’t do in the offseason.In the same way that some critics squawk about veterans skipping voluntary organized team activities in the spring, these stories are only discussed when we’re more than three months away from real games being played and have little bearing on wins and losses by season’s end.Reed back in BaltimoreSunday was just another reminder of how good it is to see former Ravens safety Ed Reed maintain a strong relationship with Baltimore as he participated in cornerback Lardarius Webb’s charity softball game at M&T Bank Stadium.There easily could have been hurt feelings when the Ravens allowed Reed to depart via free agency last year without even putting up a fight to keep him, but the sides remained amicable as the veteran safety returned for the visit to the White House as well as the Super Bowl ring ceremony last summer. It’s only a matter of time before the Ravens honor Reed with a one-day contract — if that’s what he wants, of course — to allow him to retire with the organization that drafted him in 2002, and we’ll see him in the organization’s Ring of Honor as soon as his playing days are over.Many have called for the future Hall of Fame safety to retire, but there’s no reason why the 35-year-old shouldn’t try to continue playing if there’s a team who wants him and he’s healthy enough — a big question — with the nerve impingement in his neck and past hip issues. His play on the field is a far cry from what it once was as one of the greatest safeties in NFL history, but his leadership and football intelligence could still be assets for a team envisioning the right role for him at this late stage in his career.As for Reed having a position in the Ravens organization after his playing days are over, it might be too soon to immediately hire him as an assistant coach, but the reputation he gained for mentoring young players late in his career as well as his vast knowledge for the game are talents the organization would be wise to use in some capacity.Offensive line depth chart crowdedThe development of the offensive line will continue to be a major storyline in the preseason as the Ravens decide who will be lining up at right tackle, but a simple look at the depth chart suggests some household names could be on the chopping block at the end of the summer.The Ravens currently have 11 offensive linemen who either have extensive NFL experience or were drafted by the organization in recent years, a list that includes Eugene Monroe, Marshal Yanda, Kelechi Osemele, Jeremy Zuttah, John Urschel, Gino Gradkowski, Jah Reid, A.Q. Shipley, Rick Wagner, Ryan Jensen, and Will Rackley. That group does not include rookie free agent tackle James Hurst, who is held in high regard and was considered a sure draft pick by many experts before he fractured his leg in North Carolina’s bowl game in late December.Of course, depth doesn’t mean quality depth as the Ravens will determine whether Wagner or Jensen can cut it at right tackle or elect to move Osemele from left guard to tackle and explore the possibility of a veteran like Rackley at the left guard spot. General manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh have also left open the possibility of adding another veteran tackle such as Eric Winston.Regardless of how it plays out, holdovers from recent years such as Reid, Gradkowski, and Shipley should be looking over their shoulder this summer as it’s clear there is plenty of competition in an effort to improve what was an awful line a year ago.Elam praisedCONTINUE ON NEXT PAGE >>>>>last_img read more

Luke Jones joins Nestor to recap NFL week 11

first_imgLuke Jones joins Nestor to recap another wild and unpredicatable Sunday in the NFL. The Bengals get a big win in New Orleans and now the Ravens try to keep pace as they head to the Superdome next weekend.  LISTEN HERE.last_img